SMITHSBURG —North Hagerstown outscored Smithsburg 19-16 in overtime to squeeze out an 89-86 win on Tuesday in an MVAL Antietam boys basketball game.
North (10-9, 8-5) erupted for a 14-4 scoring spurt in the first 2:54 of the extra period to build an 84-74 advantage. J.R. Railing capped the flurry with a pair of foul shots.
Smithsburg (14-5, 10-3) battled back in the final 1:06 with a 12-3 run to chop the lead down to 87-86 with six seconds left, capped by three straight Trent Springs foul shots.
The Leopards put the pressure on Railing, fouling him with five seconds remaining. The senior point guard sank his free throws to give the Hubs their final margin of victory.
Springs bounced a final 3-point attempt off the rim at the buzzer in the Leopards’ final shot to tie the game.
“Our kids stepped up and made plays when they needed to,” North coach Kevin Hartman said. “Honestly, I thought Smithsburg did the same thing. It was a great high school basketball game. There was no quit by either team.”
Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber agreed.
“Congratulations to North High for playing well,” he said. “I am proud of the way that we battled back to tie the game in regulation. I am also proud of the way that we battled back in overtime from a 10-point deficit to get a shot to tie it. Unfortunately, we came up short.”
Ronald Hardy scored at the buzzer in regulation for Smithsburg to tie the score at 70 and force overtime.
Smithsburg held an 11-3 lead with 1:27 remaining in the first quarter. At that point, Hartman called a timeout.
“I just told our players that we were getting good looks,” Hartman said. “I also told them to play good defense and those shots would drop. We knew that Smithsburg could shoot it. So, we had to keep changing our defenses to keep them off-balanced.”
The Hubs rallied to build a 54-41 advantage with 7:24 left in the game.
Railing had 20 points and six assists, while Genc Pllana collected 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Hubs. Isaiah Keyes added 16 points and four steals, while Max Ober scored 15 points for North.
Springs had 32 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Leopards. Jordan Fortson added 25 points, eight rebounds, four steals and four assists for the Leopards.
JV: Smithsburg 56-50 (S: Josh Miller 20, NH: Nick Karlen 17).
N. Hagerstown 89, Smithsburg 86
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (10-9, 8-5)
Ober 15, Pllana 14, Keyes 16, Colvin 8, Railing 20, Yacyk 5, Peralta 11. Totals 32 22-34 89.
SMITHSBURG (14-5, 10-3)
Spickler 7, Springs 32, Hardy 7, King 9, Pierre 1, Fortson 25, Wynne 3, Hogue 2. Totals 29 19-25 86.
N. Hagerstown 7 23 22 18 19 — 89
Smithsburg 11 16 14 29 16 — 86
3-point goals — North 3 (Pllana, Railing 2). Smithsburg 9 (Springs 3, King, Fortson 4, Wynne).